By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, June 6, 2014
Some of the most exciting video art is being made by women. I’m thinking especially of “89 Seconds at Alcázar,” a Velásquez--inspired stunner by Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation that stole the show at the 2004 Whitney Biennial.
But you might not know that if you relied only on such testosterone--heavy samplings as the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “Watch This!” gallery, where only two of the nine featured artists are women. (A recent video piece by Sussman is said to be coming soon.) Lorna Simpson’s “Easy to Remember,” a video owned by the Baltimore Museum of Art but not shown since 2003, returns to public display June 29.
In the meantime, be sure to check out the 10 works in “Total Art: Contemporary Video,” which opens Friday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Sussman’s “Alcázar” will be on display, along with works by Dara Birnbaum, Kimsooja, Mariko Mori, Mwangi Hutter, Alex Prager, Pipilotti Rist, Michal Rovner, Margaret Salmon and Janaina Tschäpe. The show will be accompanied by a series of gallery talks about individual artworks on select Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Consult the museum’s Web site for more information.